As the founder of Working Self and Director of the Purposeful Work initiative at Bates College, I have devoted my life to helping 20- and 30-somethings create energizing, meaningful, engaging work…that actually pays the bills! Whether I’m teaching and advising students in the psychology department at Bates College, working one-on-one with private career coaching clients around the world, designing and implementing Purposeful Work programming across campus, or speaking to rooms full of people, my work is all about feeling like I’m never working – and helping others feel the same way.

Fun Fact: I’m allergic to chocolate! 

More about REBECCA

Rebecca Fraser-Thill is a career coach, work-life strategist, and a long-time faculty member in the psychology department at Bates College. She is also the Director of the Purposeful Work initiative at Bates, in charge of designing and overseeing a variety of programming that helps students launch careers, make meaning, and build tangible skills.

After spending her own twenties directionless and unfulfilled, Rebecca is passionate about helping young adults pause, reflect, and then charge forward on a path that’s rich, meaningful, and deeply engaging - and that actually pays the bills! A mom of two, she’s also well acquainted with the crisis that new parenting and stay-at-home caregiving can create (hello loss of identity!), and she loves supporting moms and dads through that pivot point.

Rebecca's writing about meaningful work has been shared widely, including on The Huffington Post, HuffPostLive,, and the Stacking Benjamins podcast, in addition to on her own website, Working Self.  She holds a master’s in developmental psychology from Cornell University and is a PIVOT Method trained coach. Rebecca lives in her dream state of Maine with her high school sweetheart husband, two kids under six, and old but trusty beagle - and she is rather alarmed that her life appears so much more conventional than she actually is! Follow her on Twitter @workingself





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